- About the Authors
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The Curious Historian's Archive: Extra Resources for Level 2B is a collection of supplemental materials that correspond with The Curious Historian Level 2B: Rome and the Classical World. The digital files include:
Songs: It is a well-known fact that students rarely forget what they sing! TCH2B includes 4 catchy and entertaining songs that you and your students will enjoy singing in class and even as you go about the rest of your day. The unit songs summarize the key events and cultural pieces of each civilization. The fourth tune, “Top 12 Things to Remember from TCH2B,” is a great way for students to impress their friends and family with the most interesting tidbits about Rome and the classical world! The lyrics are found in appendix A, and a PDF download of the song lyrics is included for easy reference if your students want to sing in the car, on vacation, or at a friend’s house. A song icon in the text will prompt you to introduce each chapter’s verse(s) to students at the beginning of each lesson. Sample songs here
TCH2B Profiles and Legends (PDF): This collection of optional readings is intended to complement the TCH2B chapters by introducing students to some of the more famous legends of history and retelling a few of the classic tales—such as the story of the Ninth Legion—that we did not have room for in our text. The Profile pieces shed further light on interesting historical achievements by important figures, such as Cincinnatus, Pliny the Elder, and Zenobia, whom we could only spend a limited amount of space discussing in the context of each chapter.
Biblical Connections in TCH2B (PDF): For teachers and parents who would like to integrate religious history/biblical studies with their study of ancient history, we have created a supplemental PDF that draws connections to biblical history and locations, scripture verses, and so forth. Icons in the teacher’s edition indicate when to reference this optional PDF resource.
- The Curious Historian’s Reading Guide for TCH2B (PDF): For those who would like to continue their exploration of ancient history beyond the pages of our text, we have supplied a recommended reading list, featuring titles for both students and teachers. This PDF includes clickable links for easy browsing and purchasing.
The “Spotlight on Virtue” discussion questions: This compilation of the fully developed discussion questions included in the teacher’s pages of the book can be downloaded and printed in order to share it with students.
- The “Top 12 Things to Remember from TCH2B”: This beautifully designed and convenient reference sheet can be posted in the classroom or distributed to students.
The Curious Historian Level 2 is the second part in a 3-level series that presents the study of history and culture from the beginnings of civilization (Mesopotamia and Egypt) through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Students will grow excited about history, see how people throughout the ages were both similar to and different from themselves, and learn to be scholars of the past who can make a difference in the future. The Curious Historian Level 2B: Rome and the Classical World introduces students to:
Unit I: The Roman Republic
- The early beginnings of Rome
- Roman citizens, soldiers, and deities
- The Roman Republic’s Great Wars
- Julius Caesar, Augustus Caesar, and the Principate
Remarkable Romans—historians, poets, scientists, and more
Unit II: The Roman Empire
- The Julio-Claudian and Flavian Dynasties
- The Antonine and the Severan Dynasties
- Diocletian and the Dominate
- Constantine and the rise of Christianity
Roman culture—the life of Roman women and slaves
Unit III: Empires of the East
- China during the Warring States Period
- The Qin and Han dynasties of China
- The early Middle Kingdoms Period in India
“We believe that history is about more than memorizing dates, reciting lists of kings and emperors, and remembering who won which battle in wars that changed the world forever. History is also the study of the people who lived during those events. From the beginning of recorded time, people have invented new ways to do things, created beauty in dreary places, and erected buildings and monuments that continue to inspire us. Some of these people became well-known figures and others were ordinary men and women like you and me. But all of us are part of the greater tree of humankind, and we each need to know what our part is as a leaf upon that tree. Without an understanding of the past, we will be less equipped to live in the present and plan for the future.” —Dr. Christopher Perrin
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- Songs: It is a well-known fact that students rarely forget what they sing! TCH2B includes 4 catchy and entertaining songs that you and your students will enjoy singing in class and even as you go about the rest of your day. The unit songs summarize the key events and cultural pieces of each civilization. The fourth tune, “Top 12 Things to Remember from TCH2B,” is a great way for students to impress their friends and family with the most interesting tidbits about Rome and the classical world! The lyrics are found in appendix A, and a PDF download of the song lyrics is included for easy reference if your students want to sing in the car, on vacation, or at a friend’s house. A song icon in the text will prompt you to introduce each chapter’s verse(s) to students at the beginning of each lesson. Sample songs here
Aaron Larsen, DA
Aaron Larsen currently teaches history, Latin, logic, and rhetoric at Regents School of Charlottesville in Virginia. He previously taught at 2 classical schools in Pennsylvania. In 2001, Dr. Larsen joined a team led by Dr. Christopher Perrin and 2 other colleagues to help form Classical Academic Press. The motivation behind this endeavor was to produce exceptional Latin and logic curricula for the classical education movement. The first results of this collaboration included the publication of their logic text, The Art of Argument, and the 3-volume Latin for Children series. Aaron is also a coauthor of The Discovery of Deduction: An Introduction to Formal Logic and The Curious Historian series.
Aaron received his BA in history, with minors in philosophy and education, from Covenant College in Georgia. He completed his coursework for his DA in modern world history from St. John's University in New York and went on to write his doctoral thesis on the Meiji Restoration, which, as he likes to say, is "the most important event in world history that nobody's ever heard of."
Claire A. Larsen, MA
Claire Larsen has had a passion for writing for children ever since she took her first Institute of Children’s Literature course more than 40 years ago. One of her assignments from this course was published in Jack and Jill magazine.
Claire graduated from Covenant College (Class of 1970), where she met her husband, David Larsen; their good marriage lasted 49 years until David’s death in 2019. While attending Covenant College, Claire developed a Christian viewpoint and a theological foundation based upon the truths of Scripture, both of which have shaped her writing and worldview. Over the years, she has had a busy teaching ministry, first with children and later with women, leading Bible studies and speaking at seminars.
After raising 3 sons, Claire returned to school in 1996, receiving an MA from Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, in 2000. For the next 17 years she was self-employed as a biblical counselor while also writing the God’s Great Covenant series for Classical Academic Press. In 2017, she retired and moved to sunny Florida, where she is busy still writing books, spending time with her 3 grandchildren, and enjoying the warm weather. She is happy to have the opportunity to work with her son, Aaron Larsen, as they co-write The Curious Historian series.
Grade Level: Grades 4-5
Course Length: Semester
Media: PDFs & MP3s